I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life



Joining The Ranks Of Popular Science Classics Like The Botany Of Desire And The Selfish Gene, A Groundbreaking, Wondrously Informative, And Vastly Entertaining Examination Of The Most Significant Revolution In Biology Since Darwin A Microbe S Eye View Of The World That Reveals A Marvelous, Radically Reconceived Picture Of Life On Earth.Every Animal, Whether Human, Squid, Or Wasp, Is Home To Millions Of Bacteria And Other Microbes Ed Yong, Whose Humor Is As Evident As His Erudition, Prompts Us To Look At Ourselves And Our Animal Companions In A New Light Less As Individuals And As The Interconnected, Interdependent Multitudes We Assuredly Are.The Microbes In Our Bodies Are Part Of Our Immune Systems And Protect Us From Disease In The Deep Oceans, Mysterious Creatures Without Mouths Or Guts Depend On Microbes For All Their Energy Bacteria Provide Squid With Invisibility Cloaks, Help Beetles To Bring Down Forests, And Allow Worms To Cause Diseases That Afflict Millions Of People.Many People Think Of Microbes As Germs To Be Eradicated, But Those That Live With Us The Microbiome Build Our Bodies, Protect Our Health, Shape Our Identities, And Grant Us Incredible Abilities In This Astonishing Book, Ed Yong Takes Us On A Grand Tour Through Our Microbial Partners, And Introduces Us To The Scientists On The Front Lines Of Discovery It Will Change Both Our View Of Nature And Our Sense Of Where We Belong In It.I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 368 pages
  • I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
  • Ed Yong
  • English
  • 06 October 2018

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  1. says:

    You ve got company.Carol Anne Freeling was certainly right when she said, They re hee ur, well maybe not enraged spirits, but there are certainly plenty of entities present to which we have paid insufficient attention Maybe Regan MacNeil was closer to the mark in proclaiming We are legion When Orson Welles said We re born alone, we live alone, we die alone, he was mistaken Even when we are alone, we are never alone We exist in symbiosis a wonderful term that refers to different organisms living together Some animals are colonized by microbes while they are still unfertilized eggs others pick up their first partners at the moment of birth We then proceed through our lives in their presence When we eat, so do they When we travel, they come along When we die, they consume us Every one of us is a zoo in our own right a colony enclosed within a single body A multi species collection An entire world Trying to map what it is to be a physical human being, in something like the Human Genome Project, is a daunting task But our genes tell only part of our story, like a novel with a beginning and ending but no middle That middle is taken up by the vast array of other life that exists within our bodies While the guests we harbor may not necessarily be in league with Satan, they are a mixed lot They mean us no harm, particularly, and we have evolved very workable symbiotic relationships with them, but they are not necessarily...

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    Note Kindle version on sale in US 2 3 19For my entire hospital career I have worked in oncology, where I have been part of teams taking care of people with cancer Frequently patients have neutropenic fevers, a condition considered to be potentially harmful and almost always requiring admission to the hospital Neutrophils are those brave little white blood cells that go out into our bodies and do battle with all the nasty things our bodies are exposed to every day Neutropenia means the patient has none of those cells to speak of and this is why herd immunity and vaccines are important We culture blood and urine, scan lungs, treat with antibiotics, and monitor for a few days to see if any microbes grow out in cultures We teach people to fastidiously handwash, and avoid people who are sick We make them wear masks in the hallways, in order to filter out airborne viruses Their rooms have special filtration systems We encourage them to make safe food choices, avoiding foods that can t be washed or scrubbed clean, or might be undercooked And you want to know the kicker If these patients are infected, it s usually because of microbes in th...

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    Well, I will never think of bacteria and archaea the same I certainly have a newfound understanding of just how vital it is to every part of life That microbes and bacteria have helped shape our planet for billions of years, down to every single flora and fauna even all the oxygen we breath has come from bacteria I also never really thought about the microbes that are constantly around us and even on me, or how many you are seeding to the world That every person aerosolises 37 million bacteria per hour And, if that isn t crazy enough, how about It s estimated that every human contains 100 trillion microbes, most of which live in our guts By comparison, the Milky Way contains between 100 million and 400 million stars To me, learning all of this was just simply incredible the effortless symbiosis of microbes with the environment and with ourselves...

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    This is a fascinating book about the microbes inside all of us, and inside other animals as well Now, it is often said that there are ten times as many bacteria in our bodies as there are cells This, it turns out, is probably an over estimate the number of bacteria is probably in the same ballpark as the number of cells But still, that is a lot This book goes into detail about the amazing partnerships the symbioses between microbes and large organisms, mostly animals and humans Microbes are essential to digestion, to our immune systems, and many other functions.Every person has his own population of microbes, which can be different between individuals And we spread our microbes around every day we deposit 30 million of them by breathing, touching things, and by excretions.Most microbes are not harmful to humans But the distinction between harmful and not harmful and helpful is not always crystal clear Microbes in our guts help digestion, but if they escape into the blood stream they can be deadly I really enjoyed learning how dengue can be prevented by infecting mosquitos with a common bacterium called Wolbachia.I learned all sorts of great things For example, probiotic foods and supplements have not ...

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    Though we might lather our skin with antibacterial soap, clean our hands with alcohol sanitizers, gargle with mouthwash, scrub our kitchen surfaces, disinfect our bathrooms, spray Lysol all over the house, take antibiotics, etc., there are and always will be microbes everywhere This is especially true of our warm moist bodies which are covered inside and out with microorganisms.and this is a good thing.Bacteria are on and in our bodiesIn fact our bodies are really an indivisible aggregate of our tissues and organs.and the microbial world that makes its home there Moreover this is true for every multicellular organism on Earth The totality of microorganisms and their parts in on our bodies is called our microbiome , and it s composed of myriad kinds of bacteria, viruses, archaea, snippets of microbial DNA, and other miniscule microbial fragments This microbiome helps digest our food, produces vitamins and minerals, breaks down toxins and dangerous chemicals, guides our embryonic development, assists our immune system, probably influences our behavior, and so on There are many kinds of microbes in the worldIn th...

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    Recently I ve been hearing reports of miracle cures of irritable bowel syndrome IBS by use of fecal matter transplants Also I ve heard that some autoimmune diseases may be caused by environments that are too clean Upon hearing these things the question that comes to my mind is, why this new found enthusiasm for microorganisms We ve known about bacteria since Louis Pasteur So why all this new information about microbes as if it was something new Actually we learn in this book that Antonie van Leeuwenhoek discovered the prevalence of bacteria on all sorts of surfaces in the 1680s, but for unexplained reasons his findings were pretty much ignored for 200 years What I learned from this book is that the new technologies of gene sequencing and genomics has changed everything Before gene sequencing careful study of microbes was limited to those that could be grown on a culture medium With current tools it is possible to sequence every single gene in a sample from a skin flake, stream bed, or any environmental or body surface Suddenly researchers were able to provide detailed descriptions of myriad microbiota This book uses the term microbiome What scientists are learning is that the number, variety and prevalence of microorganisms exceeded all expectations Combined with our understanding of evolution we now know that all of life has co evolved within close contact with microb...

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    I liked this book so I am giving it three stars It is common knowledge today that everything and all of us are covered with microbes that some are good and some are bad Their number can be debated We have in the past been fixated on getting rid of them This has been to our detriment It is clear we have gone too far Antibiotics are good and necessary, but at the same time they must be used with care In heedlessly wiping out microbes, we have created an environment where pathogens proliferate This book is about the symbiosis we have with the microbes living on and in our bodies and in our environment It is about our need to develop a harmonious relationship between us and them The book begins with a rather long introduction I wanted the book to get going what we were being told was all too general The introduction is followed by a chapter which focuses on the history of bacteriology, beginning with the Dutch scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek s 1632 1723 development of the microscope He was the first to observe and describe single celled organisms The growth of microbiology is reviewed through a discussion of the discoveries of scientists such as Louis Pasteur, lie Metchnikoff, Theodor Rosebury, Ren Dubos and others Microbiologists one has heard of and others less well known After the historical review, ...

  8. says:

    Everybody likes this book about gutbunnies, which is a term I just now made up for the tiny little things that live in you.

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    Thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated all the information in this book Might change how you look at yourself, think of yourself and the world around you.

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    A NEW NONFICTION FAVORITE I M SO HAPPY.This is absolutely fabulous scientific nonfiction I think at times, scienctific nonfiction swings one of two ways over simplified, or overly pendantic This book truly hit the sweet spot It s accessible, gorgeously written, and incredibly informative and well researched.In particular, I liked that Yong doesn t shy away from differing schools of thought Microbiology as we know it today is still a relatively new science, and as such there are a LOT of different opinions Yong engages with all of the these The level of nuance within this book is astounding, and truly elevates it.I also REALLY appreciated that Yong doesn t assume you miraculously remembered every detail from earlier chapters He would repeat meanings behind acronyms, descriptions of bacteria and cell functions, and a whole lot of other things However, this never feels repetitive He s succinct, but a...

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